The Sound of Music
by Hillary Paulino
The Sound of Music is a beloved story set in in 1930’s Austria. It tells us of the tale of young Maria who is struggling to become a nun, and is given the challenging task of going off to the Von Trapp household to take care of 7 children. Here she will teach them the ways of singing, freedom and love. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music, and this was honored by choosing it as the school musical this year.
The school’s production of the Sound of Music ran successfully this year, just as it does every year. All 6 shows, including one matinee, were sold out and every night, the cast received a standing ovation. Tears were shed by many, and laughs were aplenty. However, all the glamour of the show could not have been possible without the endless weeks of rehearsals that took place in preparation for the show.
For many weeks, after school on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays meant rehearsals for all the girls and teachers involved in show. And as the show drew ever closer, 5 hour rehearsals on Sundays were also added. Though it was absolutely exhausting at times, the girls, along with Ms Whyte, Ms O’Regan and Ms McCarthy, worked to perfect their dance moves, acting and singing. It was not easy but the girls now all agree, it was worth it.
Every night, before the curtains opened, an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation filled the hearts of everyone in the show. Nerves set in, most especially for the lead actresses who played Maria (Faye Larkin/Samantha Shortall), Captain Von Trapp, (Karina Lavery/Dearbhla Cullinane) and Mother Abbess (Lauren A. O’Sullivan/Orla Scally). But soon, as the curtains opened, no longer were the girls Sacred Heart students but instead the beloved characters of The Sound of Music.
The orchestra filled the room with beautiful musical accompaniment, the lights shone down their spotlights on the girls, and the audience were always engaged and enchanted by the story being told to them. Every show was a success and the girls were often very moved by the standing ovations the crowds gave them. At the end of each show, the girls all sang “Climb Every Mountain” and gave a few more bows to the cheering audience.
With the help of many departments, such as the backstage crew, the lights, the orchestra, the costumes and make-up, and of course, the director of it all, Mrs Eileen Nolan, The Sound of Music was a flourishing success. No doubt, many girls will remember the experience for many years to come.